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Re: [teacherartexchange] What is TAB?


From: ceastman (ceastman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jun 17 2006 - 11:28:56 PDT

kathy, diane, et al,
thank you so much for this recent thread on TAB. i joined the yahoo
group and have been having a ball exploring many links from there.
especially enjoyed ann grey's site describing all her centers and clyde
gaws blog and am now thinking seriously of bringing TAB/choice into my
curriculum in the fall.
coincidentally, i just received notice of the updated twisteez website and thought it would be wonderful to create a center
containing twisteez (if one can afford that) or the old coated
telephone wire if one knows phone company employees or the locations of
old phone systems being torn out of buildings.
just a thought, but mainly wanted to thank you again for bringing TAB
to the discussion.
linda in absolutely glorious, summery michigan

On Jun 13, 2006, at 9:22 PM, wrote:

> <<
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Diane C. Gregory Subject: [teacherartexchange] What is TAB?
> Please give a brief explanation of TAB.>
> Hi Diane! We have written back and forth before. Your question is
> welcome. In educational movements, finding a good descriptive name is
> one of the challenges. We feel that we are a movement, and one that
> differs from many others in that we began not in higher education
> research, but in individual classrooms nearly thirty years ago. The
> Internet has allowed us to connect with other interested teachers.
> Diane Jaquith, of Newton, Massachusetts, addressed the name confusion
> in a short essay that she published in 2005. I will repreduce it here
> as she says it better than I do...
> <<
> We recognize that there are many varied ways of offering choice in art
> education, and that many art educators do so in varying degrees
> depending upon their particular art programs and district
> requirements. [our] listserv supports teachers who are developing,
> have developed or plan to develop an art program with the purpose of
> providing students maximum choices in their art making experiences in
> the classroom. We’ve noticed that the terms “Choice-based,” “Teaching
> for Artistic Behavior,” “TAB,” and “Centers approach” are often
> interchanged. In response to a request for clarification of the terms,
> here are some definitions that we use in our teaching.
> CHOICE-BASED ART EDUCATION regards students as artists and offers them
> real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through
> the making of art. This concept supports multiple modes of learning
> and teaching for the diverse needs of students. In the learning
> environment, resources and opportunities to construct knowledge and
> meaning in the process of making art are provided. Choice-Based Art
> Education utilizes multiple forms of assessment to support student and
> teacher growth.
> If you offer your students full choice most of the time, then you are
> a choice-based art educator.
> brings together choice-based art programs from around the United
> States. The concept emerged over 30 years ago in Massachusetts
> classrooms through the need for more authentic art making experiences.
> United through Massachusetts College of Art (MCA), teachers working in
> isolation discovered others who also held belief in the child as the
> artist. With the support of MCA, NAEA and The Education Alliance at
> Brown University, the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Partnership (TAB)
> was formed in 2001. Since then, TAB has become a visible presence
> online, at NAEA conferences, and at regional gatherings.
> All choice-based art educators are welcome as members of the Teaching
> for Artistic Behavior Partnership. As a member of TAB, you are likely
> a choice-based art educator, or friend of choice-based art education.
> A CENTERS APPROACH reflects the learning environment, with different
> learning centers set up in the classroom. Commonly seen in primary
> classrooms, centers offer students a focused learning experience. Most
> choice-based art programs offer separate media centers, such as
> painting, clay, printmaking, etc. These centers function as mini art
> studios, complete with instructional information printed on menus,
> resources, materials and tools. Students move independently between
> centers, utilizing materials, tools and resources as needed in their
> art making.
> Centers refer to the learning environment, and are not a methodology.
> You cannot be a “centers-based” educator, but you can be a
> choice-based educator who provides centers in your classroom. >>
> copyright Diane Jaquith, 2005.
> We are struggling through the final rewrites of a textbook covering
> this approach. We will happily publish information on it here when it
> is complete; in the meantime, please visit the dept. of education
> funded and our listserv at
> We would love comments and questions!
> kathy douglas
> in massachusetts, packing up her room now that the art show is done!
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